Managing community engagement
We work in communities all over the world, each with their own unique cultures, needs and sensitivities. In all cases, we maintain our corporate-wide commitment to responsibly managing our social and environmental impacts, upholding respect for human rights and making social investments by tailoring our engagement efforts to individual communities.
Respecting human rights
In 2016, we published our ExxonMobil Supplier Expectations, a set of guidelines that outlines our expectations of contractors and suppliers inclusive of human rights. Starting in 2017, the Supplier Expectations will become part of ExxonMobil’s annual letter to our suppliers. Additionally, ExxonMobil has conducted human rights training for our employees in select regions for many years. In 2015, we launched a new computer-based human rights training module to further enhance internal awareness of human rights. To date, more than 1,200 of our key employees in 46 countries have completed the training.
We actively engage with stakeholders in local communities and include their feedback in our decision-making processes to identify any issues or concerns early on in a project. We provide local groups and individuals with communication channels — including open houses, community meetings and individual meetings — to voice concerns so interested stakeholders and community members have the opportunity to be heard.
Strategic community investments
In addition to addressing community priorities where we do business, we partner with governments and nongovernmental organizations to help enhance the quality of life in the communities where we operate around the world. Whether through the ExxonMobil Foundation, our corporation or our international affiliated company operations, we strategically invest in social programs that consider community needs and host country economic and social goals. In 2016, we contributed $242 million to communities around the world. Key highlights for our signature initiatives include:
- Education initiative: We invest in education and teacher development programs designed to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Since 2000, we have contributed nearly $1.2 billion to education programs around the world, with $72 million invested in 2016 alone.
- Malaria initiative: Since 2001, the antimalarial programs we have funded have reached more than 125 million people, and our support has resulted in the distribution of approximately 14.3 million bednets, 4.3 million doses of antimalarial treatments and nearly 3 million rapid diagnostic kits, as well as the training of more than 589,000 health workers. In 2016, ExxonMobil contributed nearly $10 million to support a variety of malaria research, educational and treatment programs.
- Women’s economic opportunity initiative: Since 2005, ExxonMobil has invested — through our women’s economic opportunity initiative — approximately $104 million in programs that support research to identify the most effective ways to improve women’s economic status; develop women farmers, entrepreneurs and business leaders; and improve women’s access to technology. In 2016, our contributions totaled $10 million.